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Poster: august_wst Date: Sep 21, 2012 7:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Favorite weird little moments

In the fall of 1984, the small capital city of Augusta Maine, I saw a fantastic show one evening (10/12/84). The band was late coming on, the show was shorter than most at the time, but the playing was transcendent. But to this day when telling stories of this show I never leave out the part that happened during intermission.

The venue itself was small and only held around 7,000 people (it would prove to be the last small-ish venue I would ever see them in). But that evening there was a attack on the doors and rumor has it another (depending on who'l you want to believe) 1,000 - 2,000 people go in who didn't have tickets. The place was a jam-packed-sweatbox!

During intermission, while having "peak experience" I approached a police officer wearing a mesh patrol cap and spent the next 10 minutes trying to convince him to give it to me. I got very, very close and he took it off his head and thought the idea was a riot. In the end though, I didn't get the hat. But for some reason it remains one of my favorite weird little moments during a show. The moment when law enforcement meets prankster consciousness and both giggle and look over their shoulders.

What was yours?

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Poster: sweetwilliam Date: Sep 21, 2012 9:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite weird little moments

Long Beach 1988, after one of the shows, as everyone was streaming out of the convention center, there was a young guy with glazed eyes and his pants yanked to his knees, penis out and pissing in a great arc into what looked like a fountain but was in reality just a statue in the foyer. I nearly walked into him before I noticed the unusual activity, but, of course, as I regained my composure, I also noticed that, of the hordes of people streaming by him, less than a foot away, not one batted an eyelash, or seemed to even notice. I still recall the look on his face. Bliss, with a side of relief. Ah, I miss those daze...

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Sep 21, 2012 8:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite weird little moments

Sticking with the current theme...

I burned one with a security guard a few years ago, but there was certainly a weirder little moment that I experienced at the Dead 2009 show at MSG. I'll never forget this. Me, along with the people I was with, and many others in the area, had already sparked up before the show started. I soon noticed that there was a young couple in the row in front of me, with a small infant. The infant had large ear muffs on to protect its ears, but probably could have used an oxygen mask, with all the smoke that was wafting in this baby's direction.

Being the courteous citizen that I am, I made sure to blow the smoke in another direction at that point, but with many others in the area smoking, this baby got a lot of smoke blown its way. The father turned around a few times, and I thought he was giving dirty looks, but maybe not. Because once the band came out, the father in front of me pulls out a doobie with a big smile on his face and shares it with his wife.

He was so engrossed with the show at that point, he failed to notice the HUGE clouds of smoke from his doobie that were wafting directly into his baby's face. During their 2nd doobie, I think the father finally noticed because he stuck a pacifier in the kid's mouth, and then continued to blaze away. Damn, I thought it was hilarious at the time, but thinking back, maybe I should have called Child Protective Services!

Also, at Trucks Tedeschi show, I had seats next to some guy and we found a common interest in the Grateful Dead and beer. Seeing as this guy was quite large and didn't like getting up from his seat to get more beer, he bought me a beer for every beer I got for him. He wouldn't smoke with me though, I suspect because I would have had to get him beer AND nachos then.

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Poster: Deadhead225 Date: Sep 22, 2012 6:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite weird little moments

I have told this before in a review here I think, but one of my favorites is like yours August. During the break. We used to tour with a friend, Charlie, who was one of the early U of MD LSD test subjects in '67. He weighed 400-450# (mostly muscle). We would plug the aisle with him to prevent non-essential comings and goings. When you weigh 450, you operate on a different physical level, so Charlie would 'nap' randomly. During the break and a "peak experience" 5th row center in the Omni, he was doing just this. One of his legs splayed out into the center aisle. Two cops, one young and one older, walk up. Young cop says, "He's passed out, we gotta get him outta here." The rest of us are getting real small in our seats, avoiding eye contact when the 2nd cop says, "Which end you wanna be holding when he wakes up?" With that they strolled off. We laughed so hard and remembered yet again why we liked touring with Charlie so much. It was not always easy, but he could provide security in his freakin' sleep! RIP brother. Nobody will ever believe all we witnessed in your presence, and there will never be another like you!

Deniro's reminded me of another. After Warlocks 1st night - we went back to the Admiralty Inn on Military Hwy. My wife, always the gregarious type, brought the hotel security guard back to the room without mentioning this to anyone. Well, when the rest of the gang turned around with handfuls of various materials I thought they were gonna jump out the window, until they saw the uniformed man whip out his own goody bag and lay it on the credenza. Since they already knew all the break-outs coming from Blair, the only thing that might have surprised that bunch of NH Yankees near that much those 2 days was seeing scrapple on the menu the next morning and learning about what that was.

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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Sep 21, 2012 1:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite weird little moments

I,ve told this before but from the Weird category:

I'm standing outside after the Richmond show - 11/1/85 - and a guy and his friend come up to me and my friend and start small talk about the show. Then he says to me "Want to see something funny?" with that real crazy look in his eye. I'm getting a really weird vibe and don't reply. He reaches down and pulls off his fake leg. He holds it up and says "Thats f'd up isn't it?" looking for a response and wanting an answer. Not sure if the guy is going to snap or what, I am totally stunned. I just stare at him, scared shit. After a few tense seconds, he starts yelling and jumping up and down. Luckily, the crowd is exiting and totally going banannas from the show they just saw. The guy is distracted and we slip off into the flow of the crowd. My friend and I just look at each other in relief but can not believe it really happened. I know it was real but still.......

No wonder Richmond didn't want the Dead back in town. Makes the locals
crazy......

From the real scary side:

10/12/84 Augusta early am hours - guy naked in the lot late night after 10/11 show and trying to screw a motorcycle and a tree

From the funny but sticks with you side:

84 Hampton - leaving the show and there is this giant ring around the moon and I mean giant - and super clear. Everyone starts looking up and staring at the sky with that "WTF is that" look and asking each other. Just mulling around looking up and trying to figure it out. Real weird already then this guy is searching the crowd yelling "does anyone have a KOOL cigarette?" over and over. I was dying laughing. They say beggars can't be choosers, but this one took the cake.


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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Sep 21, 2012 2:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite weird little moments

something about that Kool cigarette part stirs up my brain!

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Poster: Daddy D Date: Sep 22, 2012 1:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite weird little moments

Not really a favorite moment but certainly weird at the time.

It's late 80's / early 90's; I'm on Jerry Band tour somewhere on the East coast. I've got a table set up in parking lot & selling t-shirts.

All the sudden this guy gets in my face & starts SCREAMING, calling me a "MFing thief", how I'm using his copyrighted design, etc. All of the sudden he grabs me by the throat & slams me up against my van, still screaming. Fairly quickly a large Deadhead pulls the guy off me & yells out the guy "You wanna' fight? Why don't you try picking on someone your own size asshole!" Some other people tell the guy to chill out & walk away with him. I'm like "WTF was that all about??"

Turns out the guy who accosted me was Doug Irwin, who made several famous guitars that Jerry played. He was pissed because one of the shirts I was selling had a drawing of Jerry playing guitar on it, and on the guitar was a Rose or Tiger (can't remember which) which Irwin considered to be his copyrighted design.

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Poster: mush72 Date: Sep 21, 2012 11:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite weird little moments

I'll stick with the security theme. This time from one of the not-so-friendly security venues...Giant's Stadium, but this is a happy story.

6/5/93, I'm a couple rows off the floor, waiting for the band to take the stage. The aisles are welling up around the stadium with people getting ready to jump the wall, my friend included. I have no such intention...I'm not that coordinated to try such a manuver. I'm happy being a row or two off the floor.

Of course, stationed at the bottom of our aisle is a security guard to prevent such jumping.

Lights go out, and the guard just moves to the side. He could care less about keeping people from jumping. Various things are getting passed amongst the nice folks seated around me... the guard could care less about that too. Then I notice him singing along with Sugaree, and the guy next to me asks him "what gives?"

He turns and says, "I've worked security for every Dead show here, at the arena next door, and some MSG shows. I been to over 50 Dead shows and love 'em. No use harassing anyone. Enjoy the show."

Never would have expected that at Giants Stadium.

Oh, as for my friend that jumped, he landed, ran for it, lost a sandal, turned back to grab it and got throttled. He enjoyed most of the show from the parking lot. I believe he got back in after drums. Hope it was worth it.

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Poster: dustbowltom Date: Sep 23, 2012 2:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite weird little moments

1st set opens sitting with older head with long -Gandolfian like grey beard...we partake of Cannabis using his pipe with a carving of a face on the end...he says the name is "Chester" lost track of him during the show...fast forward the boys encore with "The Weight" I turn to my right or left and there stands Gandolf....offering me a pipe and i am not kidding...right when they sung "..wait a minute Chester....

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Sep 25, 2012 2:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite weird little moments

Brush with greatness...

I think I mentioned this before.

There was an Uptown Theatre show, I believe it was 79. Right after the show, a limo pulls out from behind the theatre on Broadway and Lawrence, and I knock on the window. The window rolls down and who's inside, but Jerry. He invites me in, and we drive around the block, discuss the show, and imbibe. It was truly one of the most interesting and surreal experiences of my life.

I believe the entire experience lasted about 15 minutes, and I was 15 years old at the time. Talk about wild!

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Poster: Edsel Date: Sep 21, 2012 7:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite weird little moments

At a Hot Tuna show in the late 70's I was sitting on the floor, there were no seats, with a bottle of wine in a brown paper bag in one hand, and a lit joint in the other hand. A cop walks over to me and says "you can't do that here", he then takes the bottle of wine from me, and walks off, leaving me with a lit joint, and a blown mind.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Sep 21, 2012 10:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite weird little moments

Where/When: Brent and Billy side band "Go Ahead" at the Capitol Theater in Passaic NJ in October of 1987 (?). 2 "weird" moments.
Key information: liberal amounts of mescaline contributed to the weirdness.

Weirdness 1. Before the show: IROC Z28 pulls up while my group is heading to the theater, a stereotypical "Guido" emerges from the passenger window and hurls a pumpkin in my direction. It missed me, instead landing close to my feet. The utter randomness and absurdity of an assault by pumpkin had me paryalyzed with laughter.

Weirdness 2. After the show: as we emerged from the theater, still in the firm grip of injested chemicals, and headed towards where we parked the car, a "weird" and distressing sight awaited us. Apparently the operators of the neighboring KFC where we left our car had decided to strictly enforce the "Parking For Customers Only, All Others Will Be Towed" policy. Where had once been a lot full of vehicles festooned with SYF's and other Dead-related items, there was now an empty space, populated only by a motley collection of very confused looking concert goers, many of whom were still in the throes of what was now becoming swiftly deteriorating hallucinogenic experiences. Was I saddened or perplexed at how we would locate where our vehicle had been taken? No. Was I concerned over the money that surely would be required to free our car from the clutches of John Q Law? Again, no. Instead, the thought of the dedication and scope of the operation needed to empty an entire parking lot of cars within a time frame of no more than 3 hours was so impressive, yet alien, that once again we found ourselves on the ground laughing.

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Poster: Deadhead225 Date: Sep 21, 2012 11:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite weird little moments

The Southern version of Weirdness 1 - Charlotte in the Mariott parking lot after the show. We are hanging out in that restless post show state. A hissing sound comes from a 280zx. 200# tank in the center between the seats. Security too tight at the show to "vend". Plenty of leftovers. We indulge. In the midst a nice '69 Camaro with a big cam in it rumbles by & cues up down the service road 3' from us for a brutal 1/4 mile pass directly by us. The effect of a massive full throttle V8 blowing by us so close you can touch it with heads full of nitrous wah-wah-wah is complimentary to say the least.

I thought you were going to say all you were worried about in #2 was getting to the next show car or not.

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Sep 21, 2012 10:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite weird little moments

Mine occurred waiting in line for the 7/13/84 Greek Show. It was 3am and there were probably 30-40 heads crashing on the ground outside the right side gates. We were not causing any trouble, just sleeping when the cops come through to roust us. They check everybodies ID's...they grab mine and do some checking...next thing I know I've got handcuffs strapped on and I find myself in the back seat of a UC Berkeley police cruiser...zoicks. I've got a pipe some smoke and about 10 hits of the fun stuff in my pockets...bullets are sweating out. Funny they did not even do a pat down before they stuck me in the car.

When we get to the station they put me in this isolation room, I'm trying to figure out if I can get to the contraband with cuffs on. Thinking that even if I can WTF am I gonna do with the stuff even if I have it in hand, no place to stash it and I figure they must have video in that room. The bullets are sweating out even harder...I hold pat and pray!

When the cop finally comes to check on me I ask what I'm busted for...he says "outstanding warrent for driving w/o a license". You see I had recently moved to CT from CA so I figured I didn't need to take care of that ticket - WRONG! All this time I'm making the friendliest small talk with the officer, how are the kids, seen any good movies etc...he starts to pat me down and I swear he traced the whole pipe in my pocket, felt the bag of smoke and even a small container with the gels in it. It is obvious what it all is but he never takes anything out of my pocket, acts like its nothing at all that he is interested in...who is this guy? Doesn't want the extra paperwork, what is going on!?

I ask if I can pay my bail with Travellers Checks...sure. Next thing I know I'm walking down the sidewalk heading back to the Greek Theater...the heads that are still in line cheer as I walk back up and take my place in line.

Later at the show they open with Bertha. We were front row right at Bobby's feet. All my friends say that Jerry was glaring right at me during the whole "test me test me" verse - I didn't notice it myself. But I must thank the Dead for putting out what influence they have in the universe for my benefit...it really would have sucked to spend the third set Dark Star in jail!

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Sep 21, 2012 11:27am
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Another show we shared. Quite a night - and next two days and down the highway to next weekend in Ventura...

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Sep 21, 2012 11:55am
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there was a sunset at one of those '84 Ventura shows that is the benchmark that all beautiful sunsets are compared to. What a fun time. Nitrous on the beach, the sound of the waves, oh my!

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Sep 21, 2012 11:26am
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6-10-90 Cal expo. During intermission was wandering around the paremeter in full self awkward fear and loathing mode. NOT feeling right. When a hippy chick I didn't know put her hand on my back and says in the nicest voice " you're a nice person I can tell." That was all I needed to feel good about myself and the world again.

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Sep 25, 2012 4:09pm
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"When a hippy chick I didn't know put her hand on my back and says in the nicest voice " you're a nice person I can tell."

Awww, shit. I thought this was going to be the "love me from behind (and I'll give you the crabs)" story. Anyone know what show has that review?

Enjoy,
Judge TOOTMO

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Poster: jolly mon Date: Sep 21, 2012 8:44am
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I was at a Hampton Show in the late 80's selling cheesburgers under row of trees leading up to show when 2 cops (one large and one small) asked what I was cooking. The Fat cop was very interested and even asked how much. I told him the usual 3 dollars and that I had choices of Monteray jack, cheddar etc. the small cop was shaking his head and saying lets go. about 20 minutes later the fat cop came back alone with 3 dollars. Later... about an hour he was back again for another. Great show --Cheeseburgers got me through a few tours from one show to another...

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Sep 21, 2012 8:52am
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At an early 80's Pauley Pavlion show (UCLA), outside in line there is a guy who wants to sell his ticket, but not for money . He is shouting . like he is selling popcorn at a ballgame , "TICKET FOR SHROOMS , TICKET FOR SHROOMS ".

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Sep 21, 2012 7:46am
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Mine is sort of like yours, although i was the one who was not in peak experience. 7-16-90 Buffalo, NY. I drove up from Richmond VA with a few friends to meet up with few more. We got to the concert and it was a hot sunny day. I had a beer or two before the show while the rest of the gang washed down some mushrooms with the beer. Well during the break between CSN and the GD, i guess a friend of mine was in peak experience. He says to me that he is on the edge of reality and that he feels as if his head is shrinking but he knows it isn't. While my first thought was to screw with him a little, i decided that would be too mean and i just thought about what he said and for some reason it struck me as one of the funniest things i had ever heard, so I started laughing somewhat uncontrollably. This resulted in all my fungi-eating friends asking me what I had taken instead of the shrooms.

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Poster: high flow Date: Sep 21, 2012 9:46am
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Once upon a time I worked as a game-day assistant in the Golden State Warriors PR department. On one particular evening both a basketball game and Stones concert were happening simultaneously at the complex.

My friend Jake(also a GSW employee) and I finished our pregame duties and d decided to try to sneak in and see some of the show next door. We navigated the underground hallways through the exhibition hall and we were approaching the doors to enter the stadium. We were prepared to talk our way through that door, but as we approached some nut-bag comes running from inside the concert and dashes out in to the empty exhibition hall and the security guard does not hesitate and abandons his post in pursuit of the dasher..."SIR! You can't go this way!!".

We simply walked right in to the show.

The next night we had tix, shrooms and some kushy purple bud...good times.

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Sep 21, 2012 9:43am
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Someone else mentioned Warlocks 1st night - this also happened that evening:
We were staying at that Holiday Inn right across from the coliseum. Some friends from Greensboro who couldn't stay for the second night (I think the 1st one was on a Sunday) were getting ready to head home around 1:00am after an hour or so of post show indulging. One turns the other and says "You're driving - ready to go?". The other replies "Sure - but let me drink a beer to sober up before we leave." In retrospect, someone maybe should not have been driving that night, but at the time I thought it was the funniest thing I had ever heard.
Oh to be young and invincible again.

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Poster: Deadhead225 Date: Sep 21, 2012 11:16am
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LOL Raise you hand if you have never said this!

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Sep 21, 2012 11:26am
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When I moved east I learned that beer is really just 90% water, espcially noticable when dosed. Not enough alcohol to have any effect...so drink it liberally, you won't notice a thing until the next day when your head feels like swollen pumpkin...particulary problematic when there is a analytical chem exam in the am. I remember (don't ask me how) driving back roads from Providwence back to Danbury CT after a show. My bud Bill(the driver) and I were dosed and we polished off a case of Bud by the time we got half way home...luckily the grocery stores were opening by then so we could restock.

Youth is not always wasted on the young. But I did spend most of my youth wasted.

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Poster: Deadhead225 Date: Sep 21, 2012 1:37pm
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"Youth is not always wasted on the young. But I did spend most of my youth wasted"

OK George Bernard Shaw - THAT is the quote of the month.